Janet Luxton

Sydney based artist Janet Luxton worked as a draftsman and graphic designer in Auckland during the 1970’s. In 1981 she joined a major yacht construction project and sailed to San Francisco in 1984. It was here that she studied painting at the San Fransisco Art Institute with photorealist artist Richard McLean before a period at the Jerusalem Print Workshop in Israel studying etching and other printmaking techniques with Arik Kilemnick. Between 1989 and 2011 Janet designed, built and operated two small wineries in NSW and South Australia with attached galleries for her paintings, drawing and etchings.

Painting with deft technical skill and sensitivity, Janet Luxton’s exquisite paintings capture the magnificence and diversity of the creatures of the natural world. More than realist interpretations of wildlife, each meticulous brushstroke by Luxton reveals the animal’s distinct character, as well as the artist’s deep respect and connection to each being she portrays. By working on a large scale, Luxton’s paintings not only reinforce the beauty and importance of the natural world, but they force the audience to contemplate our role and responsibility in protecting wildlife in all its forms.

Janet has been a finalist in the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, Dobell Prize for Drawing, The Pacific Rim Print Exhibition and the Outback Art Prize. She has also won the Gold Award at the National Packaging Council of Australia and was commissioned by the New Zealand post to feature on a set of six stamps. Most recently, Janet was awarded Highly Commended in the People’s Choice Category in the 2020 Wildlife Artist of the Year through the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.

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Janet Luxton and Sarah Tomasetti – The King’s School Art Prize

Image above: Janet Luxton  Eye contact  2021  oil on linen canvas  125 x 165 cm Congratulations to Janet Luxton and …

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Finalists in the 2020 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize

Above image: Janet Luxton, Suffolk Sheep, 2018, oil on Belgian linen, 130 x 110cm A huge congratulations to Maryanne Coutts, Harrie Fasher, …

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Janet Luxton – Highly Commended in the 2020 Wildlife Artist of the Year

Image: Janet Luxton, Kakapo, New Zealand night parrot, 2015, oil on Belgian linen, 120 x 170cm Congratulations to Sydney based painter …

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Raymond Arnold, Rosalind Atkins, Dianne Fogwell and David Frazer – WAMA Art Prize Finalists

Congratulations to Raymond Arnold, Rosalind Atkins, Dianne Fogwell and David Frazer on being selected as finalists in the inaugural WAMA …

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Petrus Spronk – My Life As An Artist in 8 Short Stories & Book Launch

You are warmly invited to attend a special event hosted by the formidable and beloved Petrus Spronk. Presented as a …

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Jimmy Rix – Sculpture on the Farm 2021

Image: Jimmy Rix  A Symbiotic Relationship  2021  Corten steel  edition of 4 + 1 AP  194 x 265 x 115 cm …

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Geoffrey Ricardo – Winner, 2021 Peebles Print Prize

Image above: Geoffrey Ricardo  A brief history of nonsense  aquatint, drypoint and etching  edition 10  50 x 50 cm Congratulations to …

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Camie Lyons – Residency at Umbi Gumbi 2020-21

Camie Lyons spoke with Australian Galleries on her residency at Umbi Gumbi 2020 and 2021. “I could return to this …

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Winsome Jobling – Ecologies of Change

Image above: Winsome Jobling  No planet B  2021  handmade papers, drypoint and stitching  40 x 30 cm We are delighted …

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Rosalind Atkins, Winsome Jobling and Glenda Orr – Banyule Award for Works on Paper 2021

Image above: Rosalind Atkins  Considering the tree  2020  engraving  edition 8  80 x 60 cm Congratulations to Rosalind Atkins, Winsome Jobling …

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G.W. Bot and David Frazer – 2021 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Image above: David Frazer  Waiting for Rain (panel 1, 2nd state)  2013  linocut  edition 50  51.5 x 48 cm Congratulations …

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Angus Fisher – Finalist in the Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize

Image: Angus Fisher  Don’t mention the Peacock  2020  graphite on paper  53 x 65 cm Australian Galleries is proud to …

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Danielle Creenaune, Martin King and Stephanie Monteith- Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award 2021

Image above: Danielle Creenaune  Epic  2021  lithography and Mokulito  107 x 177 cm Congratulations to Danielle Creenaune, Martin King and Stephanie …

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